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Diet specialist counts cost of libel action

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Diet specialist counts cost of libel action


French nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan is a top selling author whose revolutionary diet has taken his books into the best seller lists in the UK and the US.

The doctor’s diet was challenged by a rival nutritionist who claimed the protein rich regime could cause heart disease and breast cancer. Libel, said Pierre Dukan. Not so, said a court of law, and a victory for Dr. Jean Michel Cohen.

“Dr. Cohen was one of the first to point out the dangers of the Dukan regime, which was later confirmed by many studies so it is right that he won this trial. What is essential is the safety of the patients and not the, ‘touchiness’ of the doctors,” explained Richard Malka, lawyer for Dr. Cohen.

The weighty matter of a court case has left Dr Dukan counting his costs – the Paris court has ruled he must pay his rival 3,000 euros. His devotees are left to continue counting the calories.

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